Be The Crust


T IS OFFICIALLY THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR. THIS IS THE TIME FOR ME TO LOSE 10 POUNDS TO BALANCE WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN OVER THESE NEXT TWO HOLIDAYS.


SWEET POTATO PIE AND ANY KIND OF CHEESECAKE ARE MY FAVORITE PIES. FOR ME THE CRUST IS VERY IMPORTANT. IF THE CRUST IS NOT RIGHT, THE PIE IS NO GOOD….I’M SORRY. NOT ONLY IS THE TASTE OF THE CRUST IMPORTANT BUT ALSO THE FIRMNESS OF THE CRUST IS JUST AS IMPORTANT.


I LOOKED UP HOW TO MAKE PIE CRUST. I FOUND IT IS SIMPLE BUT STILL INVOLVED. IT WAS QUITE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE TEMPERATURE OF THE WATER HAS TO BE ICE COLD AND JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT IN ORDER TO KEEP THE DOUGH FROM TURNING OUT CRUMBLY. IF THE DOUGH BEGINS TO LOOK LIKE IT IS CRUMBLING, YOU HAVE TO ADD MORE ICE WATER TO GET THE RIGHT FIRMNESS.


ONCE YOU GET THE DOUGH INTO THE CORRECT FORM IT HAS TO BE ROLLED OUT WITH A ROLLER PIN FOR THE NEXT FORMATION. I LOVED THE ONE RECIPE THAT SAYS AFTER IT IS ROLLED OUT YOU ARE TO CAREFULLY UNROLL OVER A PIE PLATE. AND THEN GENTLY FIT THE DOUGH IN THE BOTTOM AND AROUND THE SIDES OF THE PLATE. THE NEXT PROCESS IS TO USE KITCHEN SEARS TO TRIM AND YOUR FINGERS AND KNUCKLES TO START SHAPING TO FIT PERFECTLY IN THE PIE PLATE WITH A LITTLE OVERHANG AT THE TOP.

AFTER MY MOUTH STOPPED WATERING I BEGAN TO CONSIDER THE POSITION OF THE PIE CRUST. THE CRUST CAN APPEAR AS THE LEAST IMPORTANT BUT ACTUALLY IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE PIE.


SOME OF YOU READING THIS TODAY CAN SEE YOURSELF AS THE CRUST OF A PIE. AT THE BOTTOM, FEELING OVERLOOKED, ROLLED OVER, TRIMMED BACK, FEELING THE DISCOMFORT OF GOD’S HANDS AND KNUCKLES FORMING YOU. FEELING THE HEAT OF LIFE’S OVEN BAKING YOU INTO FORM…..ASKING GOD WHY ME.


CAN I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO AHEAD AND BE THE CRUST TODAY? THE CRUST IS THE BEST PART. IT MAY BE THE LAYER ON THE BOTTOM, AND MAY BE THE INGREDIENT THAT IS MADE SEPARATE FROM THE FILLING AND SWEET TOPPING, BUT IT IS THE FIRST INGREDIENT THAT GETS MADE AND THE ONE THING THAT HOLDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER. IF YOU NOTICE THE ONE WAY TO GET THE DOUGH TO FIRM UP AND KEEP IT’S HOLD IS TO KEEP ADDING ICE WATER. IF THE PIE’S CRUST FALLS APART AFTER ONE CUT OR ONE BITE, EVERYTHING WILL COME FALLING APART WITH IT. LET GOD THROUGH HIS WORD, THROUGH JESUS HIS SON, AND THROUGH THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT WATER YOU AND REFRESH YOU SO YOU CAN FIRM UP.


STOP COMPLAINING AND FEELING DISCOURAGED ABOUT APPEARING TO BE AT THE BOTTOM…OVERLOOKED… GOING THROUGH LIFE’S HEATED OVEN. YOU AS THE CRUST ARE THE BEST PART AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. AFTER ALL THE DELICIOUS PIE FILLING IS ADDED AND THE LAYER OF WHIPPED CREAM FLUFF ON TOP IS ADDED…….IT IS THE CRUST HOLDING EVERYTHING TOGETHER. THE WHIPPED CREAM FLUFF LOOKS GOOD, MAKES THE PRESENTATION BEAUTIFUL, AND TASTES GOOD. THE PIE FILLING IS QUITE DELICIOUS, HOWEVER, THE WHIP CREAM FLUFF CAN’T TAKE ANY HEAT AND WOULD MELT INSTANTLY. AND DEPENDING ON THE FILLING WHETHER SWEET POTATO OR CHEESE CAKE, NOTHING WILL SUSTAIN AND HOLD THE PIE MORE TOGETHER THAN THE CRUST.


REMEMBER…THE FILLING CAN GET MUSHY AND THE FLUFF WILL NEVER LAST. DON’T FALL APART. GET FIRM, KEEP ADDING THE ICE WATER, GO THROUGH YOUR FIREY TRIALS SO YOU CAN BUILD A RESISTANCE TO HOLD IT TOGETHER. BE WHAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO BE FOR HIS GLORY. GOD IS WITH YOU AND HE IS FOR YOU…SO BE THE CRUST!


PRAYERS:

GOD THANK YOU! I HONOR YOUR GREATNESS TODAY. YOU ARE KING AND LORD AND YOU REIGN IN MAJESTY. FORGIVE ME FOR THE PITY PARTY FOR BEING AT WHAT I LOOKED AT AS THE BOTTOM. I UNDERSTAND NOW THAT I AM THE CRUST, THE BEST PART THAT HOLDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER. KEEP MY MIND. YOU SAID IN YOUR WORD YOU WILL KEEP IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED YOU. AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU I KNOW THAT I AM NEVER ALONE. YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME. I AM SET APART FOR YOUR GLORY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENTLENESS AND HOW YOU CAREFULLY HANDLE ME WITH YOUR UNFAILING LOVE. HELP ME TO BE STRONG IN YOU AND IN THE POWER OF YOUR MIGHT.

AMEN.


SCRIPTURES:

Zechariah 13:9 (AMP)

9 “And I will bring the third part through the fire,

Refine them as silver is refined,

And test them as gold is tested.

They will call on My name,

And I will listen and answer them;

I will say, ‘They are My people,’

And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)

7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV)

11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT)

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

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